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Infected Rash and Atopic Dermatitis

If a rash caused by atopic dermatitis does not clear up, it may be infected.

  • Viral infections, such as herpes simplex, may be treated with medicine that slows or stops viral growth (antiviral medicine).
  • Bacterial infections are treated with antibiotics. If the infected area is small, a topical antibiotic such as mupirocin may be put directly on the infected area. A serious infection with Staphylococcus aureus can be treated with oral (systemic) antibiotics such as erythromycin or dicloxacillin. Long-term antibiotic therapy may be useful if you have recurring attacks of atopic dermatitis triggered by bacteria growing on the skin.
  • Fungal infections are treated with medicines that kill fungi (antifungals). These medicines may be applied to the skin or taken by mouth.
By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Amy McMichael, MD - Dermatology
Last Revised April 17, 2012

Last Revised: April 17, 2012

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